The path Kaity Goodwin ’22 traveled to Babson isn’t what most people would call traditional.
“In high school, I was really into art and design. I worked with fashion and graphic design, and I focused on painting styles,” Goodwin says. A chance position as head planner of her high school’s “Under the Sea” semiformal dance suddenly fueled her interest in event planning.
“When I started looking at colleges, I was basically looking at either art schools or business schools,” Goodwin says. “It was a huge contrast.”
Babson became the clear choice when Goodwin realized she’d need more business know-how if she wanted to be a successful event planner.
“I knew that I could do art wherever I go, but I wanted to be in the event planning world and really learn more about the industry,” Goodwin says.
Her work on Babson’s Campus Activities Board was one of the most impactful experiences for her, Goodwin says. She held three positions within the Campus Activities Board, including serving as president her senior year.
“We actually doubled the amount of events that we put on in the last year. We usually put on about 50 events a year, and I think we did 101,” Goodwin says, pointing to the board’s many roles in events such as orientation week and the spring concert. The work gave her much-needed experiential learning about paying attention to detail, as well as how to handle last-minute mistakes that often pop up at live events.
“The most memorable one was sophomore year: We hired a vendor for a live game show type of event, but they got the time mixed up and thought it started two hours later,” Goodwin recalls. “I ended up being the co-host for that event, and we were literally doing it together on the fly in front of 300 students. It was one of those things where you just have to suck it up and try to fix the situation as best you can.”
“Having all this experience at Babson and working with different students, different personalities, and getting some really awesome guidance from advisors has really helped me get started.”
Kaity Goodwin ’22
When the pandemic sent students home in 2020, Goodwin managed to keep the events going virtually with games such as bingo and trivia. She has even secretly served as Biz E. Beaver, the College mascot, since her sophomore year—revealing her role only a month before graduation.
And, while Babson has been key in helping Goodwin meet vendors and network with others in the event planning industry, she added that the College has many areas like the Weissman Foundry, where she was able to grow artistically.
Where to next? Goodwin wants to cultivate her knack for bringing people together and start her career either in Boston or New York.
“Someday, I’d like to go to Los Angeles,” says Goodwin, who always wanted to plan parties for celebrities and their children. “Having all this experience at Babson and working with different students, different personalities, and getting some really awesome guidance from advisors has really helped me get started.”
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Tyson Corner ’22—the class valedictorian and Roger W. Babson Award winner—also won several finance competitions, helped manage the Babson College Fund, and created the Students Prepared Educated and Ready for Investment Banking (SPEAR IB) program to increase internship opportunities for Babson students.
Alexis Fortune ’22 starred on the women’s soccer team, earning All-New England and NEWMAC accolades, as well as team MVP. A member of the Kappa Kappa Gamma sorority, she also served as vice president of diversity, equity, and inclusion on the Panhellenic Council.
Vladimir Kupchik ’22, who served as vice president of clubs and organizations in the Student Government Association, was one of 27 students inducted to Babson’s Tau Chapter of Omicron Delta Epsilon, the international honor society for economics.
Shalom Mensah ’22, a Posse Scholar, created and taught a class on cooking for his Senior-Led Seminar, and received the George Macy Wheeler Award for best exemplifying the qualities of naturalness, friendliness, sincerity, persistence, and loyalty.
Maya Patterson ’22, a four-year member of the Student Government Association, was a member of the Chi Omega sorority and served as president of the Panhellenic Council, where she helped create a weekly conversation series on anti-racism work and Black Lives Matter.
Yuvraj (Yuvi) Sanjay Lulla ’22, a member of the Delta Sigma Pi professional fraternity and Beta Gamma Sigma honors society, credits the vast diversity at Babson for inspiring him to grow out of his comfort zone and try new things, including the Babson Players Theater Club and the Babson Dance Ensemble.
Victoria Shen ’22, a Natalie Taylor Scholar inspired by her environmental sustainability classes, started the Food Recovery Network at Babson and worked with Babson Dining to raise awareness among the student body to reduce food waste.
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